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Cincinnati Reds prospect Ian Kahaloa may receive the 2017 bonehead of the year award by showcasing drug use on Snapchat.
Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Ian Kahaloa was suspended for 50 games for a second positive drug test on Tuesday.
Videos of Kahaloa doing drugs showed up on social media last month. Kahaloa shared the videos on Snapchat. There is a total of four videos, which appear to be a third party’s recordings and the pitcher posted all four videos on Snapchat. One of the videos shows what appears to be a powdered drug consumed with a rolled up dollar bill while wearing a Reds shirt, according to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer (video above).
Another video show a bong and what looks like a huge amount of marijuana then transitions to a pic of what appears to be two lines of cocaine. Two other videos show a bong and marijuana, with the second video showing the Reds prospect using a Snapchat filter to look like a deer.
“We’re obviously really concerned,” Reds player development director Jeff Graupe said. “We’re working to get Ian the help and assistance that we believe he needs to get his long-term future to a more stable place. We’re kind of putting the baseball on the backburner.”
The Reds prospect, who was drafted by the Reds in 2015, was playing for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League at the time of his suspension. Last year he went 2-2 and had a 2.82 ERA in 12 games, according to Kyle Schnitzer of the New York Post. The pitcher was ranked as the 16th best prospect in the Reds system by Keith Law of ESPN.
Kahaloa’s agent Dave Matranga told the Enquirer that he is currently in a drug rehab program. It is unknown if Kahaloa will be able to play after his suspension.